Hand ‘honoured’ by Capitals’ gesture

Tony Hand says he will be honoured this weekend when his shirt is retired by Edinburgh Capitals.

The British ice hockey legend will become only the second player in their history to receive the honour by having his number 9 put on the wall of their arena.

Hand retired from playing last summer to concentrate on his role as Head Coach with the EPL’s Manchester Phoenix.

During a career which spanned over three decades, Hand set scoring records which are unlikely to ever be broken in the British game and he is widely recognised as they greatest ever player from these shores.

Hand said: “The club has a long history of great players, so it’s an honour to be only the second player to have had their shirt retired.

“There will be a few players I haven’t seen in years here and a lot of the fans I haven’t seen in a while because I’ve been away in Manchester for the last ten years.

“The club means a lot to me – it’s where I started my career and started skating when I was nine or ten-years-old.

“I probably had a good 25 years at this club so I owe the club a lot, I owe the ice rink a lot.”

The ceremony takes place on Sunday at Edinburgh’s Elite League clash with Dundee Stars. For more information please click here.

(Image permission: Richard Amor Allan)

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